The Cost of the Car : Human, environmental and economic

 

cover imageNothing defines life at the turn of the twenty-first century more than the private car.  It allows us to go where we like, when we like, and with whom we like, without any connection or delay.

The car also curtails the freedom – especially of children – to walk or cycle in safety, and leaves a trail of carbon emission, pollution, debt, ill-health, injury, and death, in its wake. And yet all development, for the last fifty years, has been predicated on universal access to one, changing it from luxury to necessity.

The Cost of the Car is a dispassionate account of how this came about, the full consequences, and the alternatives available.

Can we keep the liberty to drive, yet regain the liberty not to?